Eye Tracking to Chat on PSVR 2 Might be Possible

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Image of the VR headset and the specifications coming to the eye-tracking system for PSVR (Credit: USPTO)

Sony Interactive Entertainment has big plans when it comes to its technology. A patent back in July 11, 2019 shows that the PSVR2 (possibly the next iteration of the virtual reality device) will have an eye-tracking system to chat with other players. This will be on top of the upcoming PS5 that comes out later this year.

Interestingly, the eye-tracking feature could be used for a number of things including making it easier to chat with people. Rather than getting flooded with chat texts, two players can look at each other in the eyes to initiate a private session between them. The patent goes into detail as it reads:

Player-to-player eye contact (300) is used to establish (308) a private chat channel in an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) setting. Since maintaining eye contact requires agreement from both parties, it allows both players an equal amount of control when performing the mutual action. Eye-tracking may be used for determining (300) whether mutual eye contact has been established. In the case of AR, ‘inside out’ eye tracking can be used, whereas in a VR setting only inside eye-tracking need be used. Techniques are described (e.g., 318) to confirm and establish a channel once eye contact has been held.

Last month we reported that the PS5 might get PSVR due to a patent filed last Nov. along with other plans the company has for both VR and AR. The next PlayStation is supposed to be ambitious with its technological advances, especially as the Xbox Series X will be a powerful competitor.

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will launch this holiday season. Tell us, What do you think about eye-tracking for the PSVR? Let us know in the comments section below…

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